Big Sur, Apple Outages, and Thunderbolt 4 Explained — Mac Geek Gab 844

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

There’s been a lot of confusion this week, beginning with what “Thunderbolt 4” really means for us Mac users. Thankfully OWC’s Larry O’Connor was able to join John and Dave this week to explain. That’s not all you get, though. Your two favorite geeks carry on with advice about Big Sur, more M1 thoughts, and simply answers to all your questions about everything Mac, Apple, and technological. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

M1 Mac Decision: To Buy or Not to Buy?

· John Martellaro · Analysis

M1 Mac Decision

Amidst the major architectural change of Macs from Intel to Apple’s own Silicon, the M1, the big question is how soon to jump in. It’s the M1 Mac Decision.

Photo Editor ‘Darkroom’ is Ready for M1

· Andrew Orr · Link

Darkroom M1 app features

The latest in the wave of M1-ready Mac apps is Darkroom, a photo management and editing app.

Everything is updated to reflect the new macOS Big Sur aesthetic with native components like the new translucent sidebar and native window toolbars. We also optimized all interactions for mouse, trackpad, & keyboard input, sparing no detail in making Darkroom feel at home on the Mac.

Omni Productivity Suite Updated With M1 Chip Support

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Omni Group announced on Thursday that its full Omni Productivity Suite has been updated to support macOS Big Sur 11.0 and the M1 chip in the newest Macs. OmniPlan, OmniFocus, OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle are available directly from the Omni Group and the Mac App Store. OmniDiskSweeper, OmniPresence and OmniWeb are available directly from the Omni Group. Additionally, The Mac Observer’s Kelly Guimont interviewed Omni Group’s founder and CEO Ken Case on the company’s work in transitioning to support M1.

Omni Productivity Suite Updated With M1 Chip Support

Mac Search App ‘Alfred’ is Ready for the M1 Chip

· Andrew Orr · Link

M1 chip breakdown

Popular Mac app Alfred is ready for the new Apple silicon M1 chip after using the Apple DTK running macOS Big Sur.

Alfred has an exceedingly clean code base, so we were hoping for it to be reasonably easy to create our first Universal build. To our pleasant surprise, it was as straightforward as loading up Alfred’s code into Xcode 12 Beta, selecting the Universal architecture, and compiling. That was it, no other changes were needed, and we were immediately able to take full advantage of the new architecture.

Why The New Mac mini and M1 Chip is a Big Deal For Hollywood

· Charlotte Henry · Link

New Mac mini with M1 chip

Apple put creativity front and center when unveiling its new products on Tuesday. The Hollywood Reporter found that many in the film and creative industries are excited about the possibilities of the Mac mini with it’s new M1 chip.

Veteran editor Harry B. Miller III says the new Mac minis in particular “could be huge” for the editing community. “Most of the editing industry is either on old cheese-grater or trashcan Macs. It seems to me the Mac mini with this new chip could easily and fairly cheaply replace all those old units,” he says. “Fox Studios, for example, had been refurbishing cheese-graters to keep them up to date with CPU’s and memory for more complex workflows. It would now be cheaper to replace them with the new Mini.” Miller says he plans to buy one. “I’ve used a Mini for the past 18 months for Avid [Media Composer] and [Adobe] Premiere Pro work on all my projects,” he notes. “Because of the pandemic, I know there have been a lot of equipment investments into iMacs for remote work. I could see the Mini’s replacing them as well.”